ImageSometime ago, a challenge was put out for someone to replicate the syncing and integration of .Mac into a free alternative. This was called the “notMac Challenge” and carried a prize of over $9000.

Just a few days ago, it was decided that a winner has been chosen. Ben Spinks has put together a package of apps and scripts that you can run on your Mac server to act as dotMac.

To give it a try, head over to the project page on and download the disk image. The set up is really quite straight forward.

One word of caution is probably necessary. This software is still in the initial stages so you’ll want to be sure and get a good backup of your server before giving it a go.